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The Sound of Hoofbeats
Those of us to whom libraries were divided into horse books and other
books don't find quite the riches of days gone by; successors to classic
equestrian authors such as Dorothy Lyons, Patsey Gray, and Marguerite
Henry are few and far between. There is more to literary equestrian life
than The Saddle Club nonetheless, and I've collected here quite a
few barnworthy entries from the last decade ranging from photoessays (a
format particularly gifted with good horse books lately) to picturebooks
to historical fiction. Riders up!
--Deborah Stevenson, Associate Editor
- Baker, Karen Lee. Seneca; written and illus. by Karen Lee
Baker. Greenwillow, 1997. 5-8 yrs.
A lucky young girl gives a
detailed and realistic account of a day with her beloved steed, Seneca;
Baker's pastoral watercolors are picturesque without being overpretty.
- Beirne, Barbara. Riders Up!: Preparing for a Pony Race;
written and illus. with photographs by Barbara Beirne. Carolrhoda, 1992.
This delectable photoessay follows eight-year-old Jasmine's
enviable lot as she and her pony Charlie train for a local pony race.
- Cole, Babette. Winni Allfours; written and illus. by Babette
Cole. BridgeWater, 1994. 5-8 yrs.
High-spirited cartoonish art suits
the story of Winni, a horse-crazy girl whose obsession eventually
transforms her into a horse, and a promisingly speedy racehorse at that.
- Cole, Joanna. Riding Silver Star; illus. with photographs by
Margaret Miller. Morrow, 1996. Gr. 2-4.
photoessay could be entitled A Somewhat Older Rider; Miller's
photographs follow young Abby and her photogenic grey steed through
everyday equestrian fun and duties. (BCCB 3/96)
- Doherty, Berlie. Snowy; illus. by Keith Bowen. Dial, 1993.
Young Rachel lives an exquisitely desirable life on a
colorful canal barge drawn by the great white horse, Snowy, who helps her
trump her classmates come Pet Day; impressionistic pastel illustrations
don't over-romanticize the sturdy Snowy. (BCCB 4/93)
- Frydenborg, Kay. They Dreamed of Horses: Careers for Horse
Lovers; illus. with photographs by Tanya Wood. Walker, 1994. Gr.
This female-focused career guide offers both daydream fodder and
solid practical advice to young women who are wondering what possibilities
there are beyond jockey and veterinarian. (BCCB 6/94)
- Haas, Jessie. Beware the Mare; illus. by Martha Haas.
Greenwillow, 1993. Gr. 3-5.
An easy-reading but realistic text
describes young Lily's gradual acquantainceship with her new horse. Haas
is the reigning (reining?) queen of horsey juvenile fiction, and her
expertise infuses her historical fiction and her equestrian fiction for
older readers as well as this and the other books in the Beware saga.
- Hall, Lynn. Flying Changes. Harcourt, 1991. Gr. 7-12.
Though not as equicentric as some of Hall's other work, this story of
a seventeen-year-old girl struggling to meet training deadlines and adjust
to a family shaken by her father's rodeo injury contains some of the
author's finest characterization. (BCCB 7/91)
- King, Deborah. Custer; written and illus. by Deborah King.
Philomel, 1992. 5-8 yrs.
An appealingly horse-centered saga, this
depicts the travails of a palomino named Custer, who has difficulty
adjusting from life amid cows to life with his fellow horses, until he
meets another shy newcomer and makes a friend. (BCCB 5/92)
- McCaffrey, Anne. Black Horses for the King. Harcourt, 1996.
The noted fantasy author takes a new direction in this
historical novel about King Arthur's horses, their military impact, and
the role of technology (specifically, the development of farriery) in
equstrian warfare. (BCCB 5/96)
- Mullins, Patricia. One Horse Waiting for Me; written and
illus. by Patricia Mullins. Simon, 1998. 2-5 yrs.
counting book combines simple poetic text with luminous illustrations,
which use rag-paper collage to create a touchable texture in the naturally
posed horsey subjects. (BCCB 3/98)
- Porte, Barbara Ann. Harry's Pony; illus. by Yossie Abolafia.
Greenwillow, 1997. Gr. 1-3.
Harry wins a pony in a contest but, in a
pleasing bit of realism, assesses his ability to care for the little guy
and decides the pony is better off at a handicapped riding facility.
- Ruepp, Krista. Midnight Rider; tr. by J. Alison James;
illus. by Ulrike Heyne. North-South, 1995. Gr. 2-4.
A young girl is
drawn to her cranky neighbor's beautiful stallion and begins taking the
horse on wild night rides through the pounding surf, leading to creation
of a local legend; Heyne's fluid watercolors ooze character and
atmosphere. (BCCB 10/95)
- Ryden, Hope. Wild Horses I Have Known; written and illus.
with photographs by Hope Ryden. Clarion, 1999. Gr. 4-8.
mustangs better than anybody, and her landmark photographs are here
supported by a text chattily and informatively discussing the intricacies
of equine social behavior. (BCCB 4/99)
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